03.06.2017

Zakifo Music Festival

This is what people wore to this Durban music festival last weekend

Zakifo Music Festival

By Samora Chapman

The third edition of the Zakifo Music Festival brought a mix of local and international bands of every genre imaginable to the city of Durban last week.

The sister festival to Sakifo, Reunion island’s renowned annual music festival, went down at mouth of the Umgeni River, the Blue Lagoon, with more than 20 musicians playing over three days.

Highlights included mesmerising Ghanaian jazz singer, Jojo Abot, London punk duo the Nova Twins and Tiggs Da Author, whose old-school raps and new-school funk made the crowd shake and jump. Local legends Ray Phiri (Nonku's dad!) and Thandiswa Mazwai brought the classic Mzansi sound, and were well supported by new-school cool in the form of Bongeziwe Mabandla, Petite Noir and The Soil.

If you missed out, fear not, your superb herbalist was there to capture the styles on both sides of the stage divider. Here's what people wore to Zakifo Music Festival.

Zakifo Music Festival

Just because you live in Heat City doesn't mean you can't layer up for winter. Instead of adding to grey skies and darker days these two added a splash of colour with their Vitamin C-infused outerwear. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Local singers Victoria Raw and Red Robyn will be gracing the stage at Zakifo in future years. Right now they're happy to kill it in the crowd in a fur-lined parka and a classic crewneck sweat. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Paige Furness, another Poison City talent behind the lens, keeps an eye on proceedings in an oversized, washed-out vintage denim jacket. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Here's the enigmatic local night crawler Huck Auben rocking the sad, thirsty cowboy look with a unique take on classic tailoring. 

Zakifo Music Festival

We're yet to find a more fun festival favourite than faux fur. These two twin it to win it.

Zakifo Music Festival

Ntuse The Blender and friend show us how wearing all black everything is as much about texture as it is colour. 

Zakifo Music Festival

There's colour blocking and then there's Petite Noir, shrouded in red.

Zakifo Music Festival

Bongeziwe Mabandla is a socially conscious singer-songwriter tryna make sense of this Mzansi mess. Keep an eye out for TWoU's profile on the musician dropping Wednesday. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Whether you dress to make a statement or simply to stay comfortable – as long as you feel good, then you'll look good, too. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Durban fashion photographer Lonwabo Zimela and his esteemed lighting assistant layered up for warmth and kitted out in gear that's made for working in. The right kicks make all the difference when you're on your feet all week.

Zakifo Music Festival

The colourful Ghanaian singer Jojo Abot's guitarist looking like a blonde, happy-hardcore version of The Matrix's Neo. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Thandiswa Mazwai ruled the night with her soulful ballads and wicked future fashion.

Zakifo Music Festival

The Nova Twins' bassist was on another level. Both musically and stylistically. 

Zakifo Music Festival

There's always been a connection between hip-hop and fashion. Sadly, most rappers only focus on the fashion side these days. Tiggs Da Author brought his feel-good rhymes to Saturday night and proved that he's got the substance to back up his style. 

Zakifo Music Festival

Jr. Gong, Damian Robert Nesta Marley, paying homage to Bob Marley with a natty dreadlock and the type of sweat top that his dad used to rock. 

Zakifo Music Festival

You're going to be hearing the term 'maximum impact' a lot on this pages in the coming month. What exactly is that? This girl right here. 

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